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Report blames welding for fatal Gulf oil rig fire

GULF OF MEXICO — A consultant’s report for a Texas-based company says a deadly 2012 explosion on its Gulf of Mexico oil platform off the Louisiana coast happened when workers for a subcontractor used unsafe welding practices. The report was released today, the same day two injured workers and their spouses filed a $180 million federal lawsuit in connection with ...

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One drops out of Hub City mayoral race; throws support to Ware

HATTIESBURG — One of five candidates is withdrawing from the Sept. 24 special election for Hattiesburg mayor. Nathan Jordan says today that he’s no longer interesting in running, and he’s now supporting another independent candidate, Dave Ware. WDAM-TV reports Jordan’s name was left off some ballots in the June 4 regular election for mayor. Democratic incumbent Johnny DuPree narrowly defeated ...

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Congressman, state and local leaders talk flood insurance

GULFPORT — Calling pending flood insurance increases “drastic and draconian,” U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo of Gulfport met today with state and local leaders to discuss ways to stem the tide of rising insurance rates that are due to kick in as early as October. Palazzo, Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney and David Miller, associate administrator for the Federal Emergency Management ...

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OUR VIEW: Bryant, Mississippi bypassing prosperity and good health

Forgive us for contemplating what could have been as speakers lined up at Gov. Phil Bryant’s Health Care Summit last week to relate the successes of their respective states in building powerful economic engines through public-private health care partnerships. A spectator who witnessed the recent defeat of Medicaid expansion in Mississippi could only imagine the dynamism that would have been ...

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The Shed restaurant closes its doors in Mobile

A restaurant that’s been a landmark in southern Alabama is closing its doors. Employees tell WPMI-TV that they were surprised Tuesday when they showed up at The Shed in Mobile and learned the business had closed. A handwritten sign on the front door stated, “Closed, Ocean Springs Shed still serving BBQ!” and listed a phone number for the franchise’s Mississippi ...

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SBA offering disaster loans to those affected by late freeze

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration is making available federal economic injury disaster loans to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes located in George, Greene, Jackson and Wayne counties as a result of frost and freezing on March 25-29, 2013. Under this declaration, the SBA’s Economic ...

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Accused goat rustler to be in court next year

VICKSBURG — A Warren County man booked with rustling goats will stand trial in February 2014. The Vicksburg Post reports 50-year-old Jeffrey Morrison was indicted by a county grand jury for theft of livestock. Morrison entered a not-guilty plea before Circuit Judge Isadore Patrick. Patrick set trial for Feb. 24. Morrison is alleged to have stolen three goats on April ...

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Aldermen give nod to cold beer sales in city limits

OXFORD — The Board of Aldermen has voted to permit the sale of cold beer in stores in Oxford. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reported the vote yesterday also extends store sales of beer and light wine to Sundays. Sunday sale hours are restricted to 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., mirroring those given to restaurants for the few Sundays each ...

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